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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Plantarium 2006 Best Novelty

Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’

Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ was voted as the Best Novelty at Plantarium 2006 in The Netherlands. With its extremely dark leaf colour, this plant from French entrant André Briant Jeunes Plants from St. Barthélémy d’Anjou was deemed to be a fine addition to the small Albizia range.

In addition to ‘Summer Chocolate’ there was also a gold medal for Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Zorro’, entered by André van Zoest B.V. from Reeuwijk, The Netherlands.

Sixteen plants won silver and twenty-one plants won bronze medals. The committee of inspection inspected a total of seventy novelties. Photo: Plantarium

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